The Community Zero Emissions Grants Program provides funding to eligible community groups and sponsored individuals to lead initiatives which support the ACT’s transition to net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. The grants will be delivered through annual targeted rounds with $550,000 of funding available over four years. Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) will be available to eligible applicants.
In round four of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program, there is a total of $127,500 funding available for community led projects which support the ACT community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program priority area for Round Four is sustainable transport.
Applications closed on 29 June 2020 and those received are currently being assessed.
Round Three – Successful Projects
The priority areas for Round Three of the Program were transport and transitioning away from gas. On 27 September 2019, Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following seven successful projects.
- Australian Dance Party Limited received $24,952 for the “Move to Zero 2.0: It’s Electrifying” campaign. Like the first campaign, this iteration of Move to Zero will communicate appealing and accessible ways to reduce emissions, this time with a specific focus on the use of sustainable and active modes of transport, including electric vehicles.
- SEE-Change received $24,985 to run the short film competition and festival, Future Film, which is designed for young people and has the theme of Reimagining Canberra’s Future.
- Conservation Council ACT Region received $24,620 for the Make the Switch project, which – through an informative website, case studies, fact sheets and short videos – will support Canberra homeowners on how to switch their homes from gas to electricity.
- Canberra Environment Centre received $24,650 for the Canberra Community Recyclery: a physical place where volunteers can service and repair bicycles in order to make active transport as accessible as possible to the Canberra community.
- JT Clay received $11,650 for 'The Carbon Diet': a real-life communication project about cutting an individual’s carbon footprint by 75%.
- The Hackett Compost Collective received $24,260 to install a manually operated, hot and continually productive composter in a community area to engage the Hackett community in organics recycling and low-resource living.
- Pre POWER ONE Co-op received $25,000 to further accelerate community investment in renewable electricity generation by exploring different pathways and mechanisms for a co-operative system.